CAL/OSHA CRACKS DOWN ON REPORTING SERIOUS INJURIES

A new OSHA Appeals Board decision states that employers will be charged a $5,000 penalty for failure to report a serious injury within 8 hours from the time the company had knowledge of the incident (including evenings and weekends).

The law states that if an employee is killed, hospitalized overnight, has an amputation or is disfigured at work, the employer (manager, supervisor or owner) is required to report the incident to OSHA (Title 8 California Code of Regulations -CCR-section 342(a).

The report must be made to the OSHA office closest to the place where the incident occurred.  A list of offices is available at: Department of Industrial Relations.

We recommend adding the appropriate Cal/OSHA contact number to the emergency phone number list at your place of work.

When reporting the incident, be prepared by having the following information ready:

  • Date and time of incident
  • Employer’s name, address and telephone number
  • Name and job title of person reporting the incident
  • Address of site where incident occurred
  • Name of the person to contact at the site where incident occurred
  • Name and address of the injured employee(s)
  • Nature of the injury
  • List and identity of other law enforcement agencies present at the site of the incident
  • Description of the incident and whether the scene has been compromised since the incident occurred.

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